Arabic documents from the Cairo Geniza in the David Kaufmann Collection in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences—Budapest

in Journal of Islamic Manuscripts
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Abstract

This article gives an overview of the David Kaufmann Geniza (DKG)/Cairo collection of Arabic documents conserved at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. Almost entirely unpublished and unexploited, they are the subject of a catalogue raisonné in preparation by the author. Appendix 1 provides a complete list of the DKG documents that are in Arabic or somehow bear Arabic. In Appendix 2 one item of the collection, the text of a folio of the Kitāb al-fityān, a lost book by al-Jāḥiẓ, is published with two plates.

Arabic documents from the Cairo Geniza in the David Kaufmann Collection in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences—Budapest

in Journal of Islamic Manuscripts

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M. S. Löwinger“Report on the Hebrew Mss in Hungary . . .” 1949; Sándor Scheiber [= Alexander] A Kaufmann-geniza kutatása és jelentősége [= Research on the Kaufmann Geniza and its importance] in: Sándor Scheiber Folklór és tárgytörténet Budapest 1977-1984 III 501-502 republished as: “The Kaufmann-Genizah: its importance for the world of scholarship” in: Éva Apor (ed.) Jubilee Volume of the Oriental Collection. 1951-1976Papers presented on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Oriental Collection of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences [Keleti Tanulmányok 2] Budapest 1978 175-188 and reprinted in: Geniza Studies Hildesheim New York Georg Olms 1981 513-526 (hereafter references are to the article as reproduced by Olms).

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Stefan C. ReifA Jewish archive from Cairo. op. cit.70. There is uncertainty concerning a few documents which may have reached the Cambridge Library before 1891 i.e. during the 1880s; see also Reif ’s section on “Pre-Schechter Genizah” 70-72.

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A. ScheiberGeniza Studies1981 514. S. C. Reif in his A Jewish archive from Cairo 2000 makes no mention whatsoever of Schechter’s connection and correspondence with David Kaufmann even when exploring the roots of his growing interest in the importance of such fragments 70sq.

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M. S. Löwinger“Report on the Hebrew Mss in Hungary . . .” 1949 122-123.

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S. ShakedA tentative Bibliography37.

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Cf. Anne Regourd“Le Kitâb al-Mandal al-sulaymânî, un ouvrage d’exorcisme yéménite postérieur au Ve/XIe s.”Res Orientales XIII “Démons et merveilles” 2001 123-138 and id. “Images de djinns et exorcisme dans le Mandal al-sulaymani ” (with text edition and translation) 253-294 in: A. Caiozzo J.-P. Boudet N. Weill-Parot (ed.) Autour de Picatrix : Images et magie Proceedings of the International Congress Institut national d’histoire de l’art Paris 2007. Paris: Champion 2011.

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    Portrait of Dávid Kaufmann (1852-1899), undated, oil on canvas, painted by Izidor Thein. Courtesy of the Oriental Collection of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (LHAS Kt 16).
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    Kitāb al-Fityān by al-Jā ḥiẓ, front page. DKG Ar 198, Folio 198a (courtesy of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest).
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    Kitāb al-Fityān by al-Jāḥiẓ, verso side of the front page. DKG Ar 198, Folio 198b (courtesy of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest).

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